world globe under blue skyThe Brown Bag Lecture Series returns to Sonoma State University this fall, featuring a selection of speakers from the School of Social Sciences. Those interested are invited to pack a lunch, as lectures are from noon to 1 p.m. in Stevenson 2011.

Drake's Bay Oyster CompanyWhen Polaroid decided to stop making its trademark instant-developing film in 2008, the company destroyed nearly all of its factories. Sonoma State University environmental history professor Laura A. Watt has latched on to the iconic Polaroid style to express another side of her art. Her work is featured in a solo exhibition, "The Evolving Landscape of Point Reyes," at Prince Gallery in Petaluma Oct. 7-Nov. 8.

treble clefThree private studio instructors have recently joined the music faculty at Sonoma State University: voice instructors Zachary Gordin and Rhoslyn Jones and cello instructor Jill Brindel.

happy turtle in human handsWestern pond turtles used to enjoy a leisurely life. With an estimated lifespan of 70 years, their species spanned the Western United States for millions of years. But along came the Gold Rush, and humans nearly drove the turtles to extinction at the turn of the century. Now, a Sonoma State University biology professor is leading the charge to reintroduce the turtles to their native habitat with a successful collaboration between the university and two Bay Area zoos.

crabThe Sonoma State University fall Biology Colloquium entices listeners with new information about ourselves and the ecosystems that surround us. The lectures cover a wide array of subjects, including urban lake restoration, responses of crabs to ocean acidification, and aging. SSU anthropology professor Dr. Karin Jaffe completes the series on Dec. 8 with a talk on university-zoo collaborative research.

iliana perezSonoma State University hosts its first DREAMer Conference on September 19, featuring a keynote speech from DREAM Act researcher and Claremont University doctoral student Iliana Perez.

copelandcreekssu.jpgThe Environmental Forum returns to Sonoma State University this fall to discuss the shared challenges faced by our community. Lectures include local topics like Cotati's new SMART train station, as well as broad ones, like the concept of wilderness in society. The series culminates on Dec. 10 when student and faculty leaders will discuss how to get involved with sustainability at SSU.

fishman.pngWeeding, harvesting and watering sounds more like farm living than the life of a poet, but those two lives intersected at Southern Wisconsin's "Poetry Farm" in the mid-2000s, where scribes worked the land to tune out distractions of the Internet or urban world. On Oct. 6, Lisa Fishman and Richard Meier, two contemporary poets who were leaders of the farm, read at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

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